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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with John Sergeant

With Rob Cowan. Essential CD of the Week: Inspirales - Hillel Zori (cello), Arnon Erez (piano); Artist of the Week: Maurizio Pollini; Rob's Essential Choice: Beethoven: Mass in C.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: 'Inspirales' - Hillel Zori (cello) and Arnon Erez (piano), CELLO CLASSICS CC1030. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

Artist of the Week: Maurizio Pollini

Rob's guest this week is the television and radio journalist and broadcaster, John Sergeant. John has worked as a war reporter in Vietnam and Israel, and has presented BBC Radio 4 programmes Today and The World at One. From 1992-2000 he served as the BBC's Chief Political Correspondent, and then became the Political Editor of ITN. One of his most memorable moments was when he waited outside the British embassy in Paris for Mrs Thatcher, in the hope of hearing her reaction to the first ballot in the party leadership contest of 1990, only to be pushed aside by her press secretary when Thatcher emerged from the building. For this broadcast, he won the British Press Guild award for the most memorable broadcast of the year. After retirement from political journalism, John's appearances on programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Have I Got News for You have made him a sought-after participant in television comedy and satire shows. He is currently filming a new documentary in which he explores Indian railways.

Rob's Essential Choice:

Mass in C, Op. 86
Maria Keohane (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (mezzo), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Sebastian Noack (baritone)
Kammerchor Stuttgart
Hofkapelle Stuttgart
Frieder Bernius (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Dance with Mandolins (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DECCA.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Verleih' uns Frieden

    Choir: Corydon Singers. Performer: John Scott. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Matthew Best.
    • CDA55268.
    • 1.
  • Various Artists

    Popper - Barcarole Venetienne; Fitzenhagen - Capriccio

    Performer: Hillel Zori. Performer: Arnon Erez.
  • Robert Schumann

    Genoveva overture

    Orchestra: New Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • EMI.
  • anon.

    Today's Brainteaser: Who's Singing?

    Performer: anon..
    • SAIN.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Suite Pastorale

    Conductor: Paul Paray. Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    • MERCURY.
  • Trad.

    Watching the white wheat

    Performer: Catrin Finch. Music Arranger: Chris Hazell. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • DG.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The sun has set, Op 73 No 4

    Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Performer: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto in A major, K.414

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini. Director: Maurizio Pollini. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • ANDANTE.
  • Tchaikovsky

    Why? Op.6 No.5

    Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Performer: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 5 in C minor: Allegro con brio

    Performer: Thomas Heywood. Music Arranger: Thomas Heywood.
    • Pro Organo.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 3, BWV 1009: Prelude; Sarabande

    Performer: Pau Casals.
    • EMI.
  • Henry Purcell

    'Trumpet Tune' from The Indian Queen (Z.630), Act 2

    Performer: John Wallace. Performer: Michael Bochmann. Ensemble: The Wallace Collection. Singer: Edward Barham. Choir: Leeds Festival Chorus. Ensemble: English String Orchestra. Conductor: William Boughton.
    • Rule Britanna.
    • Nimbus.
    • 17.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Mass in C major, Op.86

    Singer: Maria Keohane. Singer: Margot Oitzinger. Singer: Thomas Hobbs. Singer: Sebastian Noack. Choir: Kammerchor Stuttgart. Orchestra: Hofkapelle Stuttgart. Conductor: Frieder Bernius.
    • CARUS.
  • Robert Schumann

    Arabeske, Op.18

    Performer: Klára Würtz.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Schicksalslied, Op 54

    Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DECCA.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who's Singing?

Bryn Terfel.

The music played:

Der Doppelgänger (Schwanengesang)
Bryn Terfel (baritone)
Malcolm Martineau (piano)


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